From ‘The Temple of Nature’
Organic Life beneath the shoreless waves
Was born and nurs’d in Ocean’s pearly caves
First forms minute, unseen by spheric glass,
Move on the mud, or pierce the watery mass;
These, as successive generations bloom,
New powers acquire, and larger limbs assume;
Whence countless groups of vegetation spring,
And breathing realms of fin, and feet, and wing.
Erasmus Darwin (1732-1802)
(Grandfather of Charles Darwin, Erasmus Darwin’s ‘The
Temple of Nature’
“ anticipated the outline of his grandson’s theory by half a century” (Ashton Nichols, ‘Romantic Natural Histories’)
From Ralph Windle's Blog on Science and the Arts
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